SERIE A | ROMA 1-0 CREMONESE: Roma Clinch a Narrow Win Over Visitors

Last Updated on 23/08/2022 by

Roma defeated Cremonese 1-0 thanks to a 65th minute header from Chris Smalling, giving the Giallorossi their second win in as many games in the Serie A season 2022–23.

The former ManU defender scored at the back post after receiving a pass from Lorenzo Pellegrini, giving the Romans their fourth straight victory over Cremonese and moving them ahead of teams like Milan, Atalanta, and Lazio to take third place in the standings.

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The home team warmed up in jerseys alluding to the leg injury sustained by recent acquisition Georginio Wijnaldum, which is expected to keep him out for several months. Mourinho started the same lineup that defeated Salernitana 1-0 in their season opener.

Goalkeeper Ionut Radu, who is on loan from Inter, had to make several crucial saves to keep the score level early on as Roma proved to be dangerous on the counterattack against the newly promoted team.

The Giallorossi also suffered their first significant setback when Nicolo Zaniolo was taken out of the game just before halftime after receiving extensive treatment on the field for what is believed to be a dislocated shoulder.

After the restart, the visitors came dangerously close to scoring when Dessers’ shot bounced off the crossbar before Smalling scored just after the hour mark. Pickel’s spectacular volley in the final seconds of the game nearly gave the visitors a point, but the Europa Conference League champions had enough to hold on to all three points as Cremonese put more and more pressure on them.

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